Montreal: [ca. 1895?]. 108pp. Original red pebbled cloth, front board gilt lettered, over yellow printed wrappers. Additional pp. pamphlet laid in. Spine chipped; front hinge cracked; front free endpaper detached. Corners somewhat worn; light rubbing and dust soiling to boards. Light tanning internally; leaves a bit brittle at gutter. Good. Item #1224
A wonderful and bizarre concatenation of poetry, philosophy, religion, and illustration by Canadian author and educator Frederick C. Emberson. A prefacing statement to the work reads:
"THIS IS A LIE. The numbering of the pages and chapters in this book are the result of a most interesting experiment of the working of the human brain under unusual circumstances. It was left to my printer's deaf eel. He is such a vigorous teetotaler as to be 1/2 drunk all the time off Strong tea and Aird's ginger beer. Practicing for a circus, the rest of the time he spends standing on his head. The result surpasses my utmost imagination!"
The following contents include a thirteen point political platform ("5. No Copyright. Fancy our Savior copyrighting the sermon on the Mount"); the author's rules for health ("Have a window open.... It is by this that Sir Andrew Clark has kept Queen Victoria alive and sane for so long"); and several chapters gathering pseudo-philosophical thoughts on the "Parsee Proof of Immortality," "How Flowers Prove the Existence of God, and "Some Happy Deaths," amongst much more. Also with illustrations and quirky, full-page advertisements for imaginary products throughout. Laid in is an additional pamphlet that appears to be a mock program for Emberson's own funeral. A scarce work by a Canadian eccentric.